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charged with breach of privacy in greece. and election results in the ukraine suggest they might not have an overall majority. welcome to bbc world news. china appears for a change of leadership. how will it affect ordinary people? we will hear from villagers living in the shadows of the great wall. and there's a new environment. the east coast of the united states is waking up to what could soon be a super storm. 140 kilometers per hour winds battering large areas as the hurricane grows in strength. sandy is expected to bring with it a life-threatening storm surge. these are live pictures from new york. the city waking up in darkness at the moment. in maryland, residents are bracing for the category one hurricane. this is live from maryland. 50 million people are affected on the east coast. schools and transport has been closed down. mandatory evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people caught in low-lying areas of new york city. the stock market is closed in new york. national air travel affected. many airlines affected and have had to cancel flights in and out. another piece of break
. >> thank you for that report from geneva. the u.s. economy is at the heart of the presidential election. in less than two hours, a key jobs figures will be released. 100,000 new jobs need to be created every month to keep up with the growing population. president obama and his rival mitt romney have a matter of days to swing voters their way. the mayor of new york knows who he will support. michael bloomberg says superstorm sandy has helped him make up his mind. rally inent obama's colorado in 2008, a young adoring crowd. >> are you fired up? [cheers] >> the placards or different, but the change is still on the agenda. it is just that change takes time, he says. >> you know where i stand and you know i'm willing to make tough decisions even when they are not politically convenient. [cheers and applause] >> the looked like he was enjoying himself, which was not always the case in this campaign. people wondered after he still had a fight in him, after his first debate. he also had good reason to smile. the unexpected backing of new york mayor michael bloomberg, out from managing the city'
way you can imagine. >> but no one knows how the hurricane is going to impact the election in a week, especially if millions are still without power. the storm has caused some $20 billion in damages and $30 billion in economic losses. the floodwaters that poured into the subway will be the biggest obstacle to recovery. >> this vibrant, resilience city is going to try to regain a sense of normality the day. the stock exchange is hoping to reopen. as you can tell from the water in the tunnel behind me, there is still a long, wet road ahead. >> huge challenges ahead, president obama will be making his way to new jersey in the coming hours to assess the damage for himself. speaking to an i.t. analyst in new jersey, ross, thank you for joining us. as the day breaks on new jersey, i guess the president is going to see a devastating picture? >> it really came out yesterday as well, seeing that devastating footage down south. i got to the hospital at 7:00 in the morning at monday morning and until 6:00 p.m. last night i have had no sleep. just trying to find my normal route home. it is prett
. >> i promise. >> six days before the election, president obama went to see the damage for himself and pledged that the people here wouldn't be forgotten. >> what i can promise you is that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials, and we will not quit until this is done. >> the president's response has earned him compliments from an unlikely source, one of his republican opponents, mitt romney's biggest cheerleaders, new jersey governor chris christie. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit. i think this is our sixth conversation since the weekend, and it's been a great working relationship. >> manaloking, new jersey, was already suffering from severe storm damage. in new york city, life remains interrupted. the halloween parade was cancelled, and many residents endured a third scary night in the dark with the main source of life coming from the cars on the road. another terrifying light lit you want sky on monday. this amateur video, posted on youtube, captures the moment when a transformer exp
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